Archive for the ‘West Timor’ Category

Ultimate Fishing – Man Style

May 28, 2010

Most weekend fishermen are happy to bring home a couple of herring.  They might dream of snagging a whale.  For the people of Lembala Island, it’s a matter of survival.

They hunt in the traditional way, with techniques and customs passed down through generations.  Their tools are also hand made, more from financial necessity than anything else.  So they don’t use much metal or plastic, no nails are used to build their boats.  Everything comes from the island, so all the materials are wood or fibre, although nylon is starting to replace their hand made palm fibre rope.

Fishing this way doesn’t kill enough whales to threaten their survival.  These people are also victims of modern industrial fishing methods used by other countries.

There are obvious dangers, but the reward is their village can survive another season.

For the complete article:


Bemo transport in Kupang 3

March 2, 2010

View from inside

Originally uploaded by about indo

Inexperienced driver, poor visibility. What could possibly go wrong?
Picture taken from an article from Inside Indonesia:

Bemo transport in Kupang 2

March 2, 2010

Jesus inside

Originally uploaded by about indo

The stickers are also on the sides and back. Be careful not to run into the back of this bemo, Jesus won’t be happy if he gets whiplash injuries.
Those who say Indonesia is a Muslim country clearly don’t know the full picture.

Picture taken from an article in Inside Indonesia:

Bemo transport in Kupang 1

March 2, 2010

Bemo 1

Originally uploaded by about indo

The journal Inside Indonesia has a photo essay on bemos (privately owned mini busses) in Kupang, West Timor.
Main points from the essay are that the windscreens of the bemos are covered with stickers to attract passengers at the expense of visibility. It seems that passengers select their rides on the basis of how well decorated the bemo, how young and sexy the driver (over 20 is over the hill) and how loud the music.
The article was a bit ambiguous about who actually pays for the stickers. Apart from that, an interesting feature about a remote island.